The Chevy Corvette takes its name from a type of agile warship, and the car has more than lived up to its namesake. Since its 1953 debut, the Corvette has been dominating the streets with its powerful engines, low profile body style, and killer looks. With each passing year, the ‘Vette comes out with an even more impressive look, but the greatest change came in 2020 with the move to an eye-catching mid-engine body style. The 2021 Chevy Corvette continues this ground-breaking evolution. It’s a high-quality sports car on the streets, and on the eyes as well.
These new improvements range from new customization options and performance upgrades to tech, design, and safety additions. While classic Corvettes perform great and look fantastic to boot, the 2021 Corvette Stingray takes all its previous highlights and adds a modern twist to them. It’s still gorgeous, and it’s still powerful, but it’s far safer than it ever was before. Let’s take a closer look at why ‘Vette drivers are so proud to own the 2021 Corvette.
If you’re a sports car enthusiast, there are likely two aspects that you look for in a car, and those are its looks and its power. We’re going to take at the Corvette’s looks first. The 2021 model comes with a twin exhaust, sculpted sides, and stylish wheels. It comes in three different trims, one of which is a convertible. These cars come in 12 different colors, including Arctic White, Black, Torch Red, Ceramic Matric Gray, Elkhart Lake Blue, Shadow Gray, Silver Flare, Zeus Bronze, Accelerate Yellow, Rapid Blue, Sebring Orange, and Red Mist. These colors are all appealing, with options for all driver types. While the blues are definitely some of the prettiest options, the Rapid Red and Acceleration Yellow coats are great if you’re a nostalgic driver trying to mimic the early 2000’s sports car aesthetic.
When the 2021 Corvette is the topic, this color selection doesn’t stop at just the topcoat. There are also dual top stripe and more subdued stinger stripe options as well. These come in ten different options, each of which pairs well with different topcoat choices. Adding one of these options will really help you pull off those 2003 Need For Speed vibes. Further exterior options include dual hashmark front fender stripes in several different color combinations, various carbon fiber body panels and trim pieces, and aggressive aero that serves the dual purpose of improving both looks and downforce.
Typically, interior color options are pretty limited, usually only coming in black, gray, or beige. The 2021 Corvette doesn’t abide by these basic rules. It comes with over twenty different color schemes, which include reds, blues, yellows, and whites, in addition to the typical blacks, grays, and beiges. There are two red options here, so let’s take a look at their differences. The Morello Red interior options are a deeper yet softer red shade. It’s more of a maroon tinted shade. Adrenaline Red packs a meaner punch. It’s for those drivers who like a bolder, brighter appearance that’s a bit more popping. Pair Acceleration Red interior with the sport seat options, and you won’t be able to stay off the racetrack. It won’t actually make your ‘Vette faster than it already is, but it sure will feel like it does.
If you thought that the interior upholstery options were as cool as it gets, you were wrong. Now it’s time to get really particular. With the 2021 ‘Vette, you even get to change your seatbelt color. That’s right – every seatbelt in the car can be optioned in a wide variety of colors. You can match your exterior color to really make it pop, or you can get really wild and pair a blue seatbelt with a yellow exterior topcoat. No matter what you decide, you definitely won’t run out of options here. The 2021 Corvette delivers a simply unmatched level of customizable comfort and style that is difficult to find outside of six-figure European sports cars.
Now let’s get into our second most important aspect, which is how this thing drives. If you own a ‘Vette, you know first-hand how powerful it is. However, just because you already know from experience doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brag about it. In order to do so, you’ll need the facts. That’s why we’re tossing out some numbers here. First off, the 2021 Corvette can go zero to 60 in a matter of only 2.9 seconds. That’s thanks to its 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers can feel a bit intimidating, so you can also take pride in knowing that it can stop from 60 MPH within only 97 feet. That doesn’t mean you should further test its limits, and it’s important to stay careful, but if you’ve got access to a racetrack, it can be fun to mess around with. That 6.2- liter V8 engine can really get stuff done quickly.
This C8 mid-engine model comes with several performance changes and upgrades as well. For example, Chevy went smaller on the Corvette’s parts. The engine is more compact, and the engine block is redesigned to be smaller as well. What does this mean? Better handling and better acceleration. While horsepower makes headlines, weight reduction wins races. The fact that its engine is smaller than before, yet just as powerful, if not more powerful, really emphasizes Chevy’s innovation skills. Perhaps the large improvement for the 2021 model year, is that the high-tech Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 is now available without selecting the Z51 Performance Package. That allows you to enjoy the comfort benefits of this modern feature without having to spec out a legitimate race car.
While both looks and performance are the Corvette’s main highlights, there are definitely more reasons to be proud of owning a 2021 ‘Vette. Its technology is nothing to take lightly. Thanks to the Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, the ‘Vette is available with navigation, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar features, and more. It also comes with several driver assist features, including Teen Driver mode, Valet Mode, and Rear Park Assist, to name a few. While most folks probably don’t feel safe buying their kids a brand-new sports car, at least there’s an option to keep your teen cool yet safe by adding some speed and curfew modifications.
Further, the standard Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season run-flat tires can allow you to get home even if you suffer a flat. You can drive up to 50 miles at 50 MPH safely after suffering a puncture. Speaking of safety, that’s another perk to mention. Sports cars are often demonized for having unsafe designs, and Chevy does well at countering that perception by adding more safety features than just its driver assist options. The 2021 Corvette has a front three-tier structure design that is made to absorb impact in case of an accident. It also uses side and rear designs that are stronger than ever before. Overall, the 2021 Corvette is widely customizable, powerful, and it’s the safest Corvette to date. If you’re not already bragging about the best car you’ve ever bought, you should be.